Monday, February 28, 2011

A MAW member has a show in April!

An installation about impressions, memory, distances, and place
and the route that connects them.
posted by Catherine Bell Smith

In April, Catherine Bell Smith is privileged to exhibit at the Ohio Art League Gallery with Claire E. Smith. The opening is Thursday, April 7 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. The location is 1552 North High Street Columbus, OH 43201-1121.The exhibition will run from April 7 through April 30.

Rural Routes (not your traditional landscape) is an installation inspired by the long, repeated trips along Interstate 71 between Columbus (where Claire grew up) and Cleveland (where Catherine grew up). Speeding along through a landscape in order to arrive at a destination only allows snapshot glimpses of the whole picture. Memory strings those images together, shifting size, losing detail, collapsing distances. The countryside that separates two places becomes the route that connects two homes. Home begins to include those spaces between.

Watershed (Detail)

Fountain grass, wire mesh, and steel bollards

The exhibit consists of lithographs, drawings and three large sculptures. “Watershed” is inspired by hard-worked farmlands-- vast pauses between cluttered rest stops, commercial signage and urban sprawl. It flows from the front to the back of the gallery space in a 5 foot wide ribbon. “Black Angus” is a grouping of organic structures that resemble cows in the fields. “Umbels” uses elements of silo structures, like umbrellas, peppered across the floor and up the wall.

Black Angus (Model)

Cast aluminum, steel, and burlap

That is the official PR release but what I want to share on our blog is that Claire, 21, is my oldest daughter, now in her third year at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. I won’t claim to have hoped for this opportunity to work together--I didn’t dare meddle or presume. But when the chance presented itself, I said “yes!” and she said “I’m down with that dawg”.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Laine Bachman is Awesome!

Holy mother of art, Batman! It's been FOREVER since we've blogged. But that sh%t is gonna change as we have just had a meeting recently where we said, "This sh%t needs to change!"

Sooo, this is Sharon posting, and I just want to tell you how mindblowing Laine's new show at Image Optical (846 North High Street) is. I went to the opening last weekend, and Dave and I were like, "Holy sh%t, her work is off the HOOK!!!" The amount of detail, the colors, the thought that went into the borders around her images and even the frames... just stunning. There's very few artists that make me want to do that many rounds of their entire show just so that I can study all of the tiny parts and pieces that go into each work. It was very hard to pick a favorite, so I picked several. Dave was the same way, between the both of us, I think we wanted them all. We asked Laine how long an average piece took (most were watercolors), and she said "around 50 hours". Yes, that FIVE-ZERO. That's dedication!

Anyway, we just adore her. So seriously, get to Image Optical before the end of February to see an exhibit that will truly rock your world.